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Title Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond / edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  PR6015.U9 Z48 2018    AVAILABLE    30530000998252
Descript lxxix, 644 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 25 cm
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Series McGill-Queen's/Associated Medical Services studies in the history of medicine, health, and society ; 48
McGill-Queen's/Associated Medical Services studies in the history of medicine, health, and society ; 48
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 621-628) and index
"Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was the author of nearly fifty books and numerous essays, best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World. Humphry Osmond (1917-2004) was a British-trained psychiatrist interested in the biological nature of mental illness and the potential for psychedelic drugs to treat psychoses, especially schizophrenia. In 1953, Huxley sent an appreciative note to Osmond about an article he and a colleague had published on their experiments with mescaline, which inspired an initial meeting and decade-long correspondence. This critical edition provides the complete Huxley-Osmond correspondence, chronicling an exchange between two brilliant thinkers who explored such subjects as psychedelics, the visionary experience, the nature of mind, human potentialities, schizophrenia, death and dying, Indigenous rituals and consciousness, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, power and authority, and human evolution. There are references to mutual friends, colleagues, and eminent figures of the day, as well as details about both men's personal lives. The letters bear witness to the development of mind-altering drugs aimed at discovering the mechanisms of mental illness and eventually its treatment. A detailed introduction situates the letters in their historical, social, and literary context, explores how Huxley and Osmond first coined the term "psychedelic," contextualizes their work in mid-century psychiatry, and reflects on their legacy as contributors to the science of mind-altering substances. Psychedelic Prophets is an extraordinary record of a full correspondence between two leading minds and a testment to friendship, intellectualism, empathy, and tolerance. The fact that these sentiments emerge so clearly from the letters, at a historical moment best known for polarizing ideological conflict, threats of nuclear war, and the rise of post-modernism, reveals much about the personalities of the authors and the persistence of these themes in the modern world."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 -- Correspondence
Osmond, Humphry -- Correspondence
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence
Psychiatrists -- Saskatchewan -- Correspondence
Hallucinogenic drugs -- Therapeutic use
LSD (Drug) -- Therapeutic use
Schizophrenia -- Treatment
Mental illness -- Treatment
Alt Author Bisbee, Cynthia Carson, editor
Bisbee, Paul, 1945- editor
Dyck, Erika, editor
Farrell, Patrick, 1978- editor
Sexton, James, editor
Spisak, James W., editor
Container of (work): Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 Correspondence. Selections
Container of (work): Osmond, Humphry. Correspondence. Selections
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